maladaptive schema has been defined by Jeffrey Young as ‘a broad pervasive theme
or pattern regarding oneself and one's relationship with others, developed
during childhood and elaborated throughout one's lifetime, and dysfunctional to
a significant degree’. Schemas are extremely stable and enduring patterns,
comprising of memories, bodily sensations, emotions, thoughts and once
activated intense emotions are felt. Some common schemas are abandonment, failure, defectiveness, vulnerability, mistrust / abuse. Schema Therapy assists people to recognise their schemas, where they originated from, how people react to them and how to change them.